Vincent R. (Vince) Lee and his wife, Nancy, have shared a life of adventure, first from their often snowbound cabin in the then remote Jackson Hole, Wyoming and more recently out of their beautiful McElmo Canyon horse ranch in the Four Corners Country of southwestern Colorado.
It's no accident they found each other and got together. Nancy, a graduate of the University of Wisconsin with a Masters in teaching from the University of Chicago, was an early Peace Corps volunteer in the high Andes of Peru and Outward Bound instructor in both Minnesota and British Columbia before arriving in the Tetons. During the same years, Vince, with a BA and MFA in architecture from Princeton, served two years as a Marine infantry officer in the Far East prior to his reassignment as a climbing and skiing instructor at the Corps' mountain warfare school in California's Sierra Nevada. From there, it was an easy transition to Outward Bound positions in North Carolina, Maine and Colorado, where he met and befriended Paul Petzoldt, crusty Teton Guide and founder of NOLS, the National Outdoor Leadership School. Following a season with NOLS, he started his own mountaineering guide service, High Country West, based for the next twenty seasons in Jackson Hole, and led climbing expeditions all over the world.